Almanac Golf: A Masterful Display


With the 2020 Masters Tournament in progress the Footy Almanac reprises this story by aussiegus from a few a years ago.


I think for any person that has a broad based sporting bone in their body, a trip to Augusta for the Masters should be on their bucket list.


Besides the history and mystique, can I suggest it is always a tournament that throws up thousands of reasons as to why weekend golfers should continue to tee up every weekend.



Ernie Els.


How could this happen? First hole of the Masters. It was like watching a train wreck, yet I’m sure every weekend hacker has done exactly the same thing, albeit on the first hole it is usually the result of the night before. The fact that he was able to continue on and effectively shoot 3 over in the next 17 holes is also amazing. The following day, he double bogeys the first after 3 putting and bouncing one off a spectator’s bonce, yet still shoots a one over for the day.

After putting up with the inane questions from journalists after round 1, he deserved a medal !



Jason Day


How could this happen. You shoot a 31 on the first 9, coming offw winning everything in sight for a few weeks. Really, I heard that Sportsbet was just about to cash out. Then he 3 putts, then he plonks one in the water, then he 3 putts again and all of a sudden it’s a back 9 of 41. Still, even par on day 1, but the wheels had come off and the wind was out of the sails.



Smylie Kaufman


Now really, is that his name or is he just covering up a name like Elrick?

After day 3 it was all smiles as he shot a 69 and was 2 under for the tournament. Big Smylie was in with a chance.

Come day four and he changed his name by deed poll to Grumpy Kaufman. Not only did he shoot an 81 to go from 2nd to 29th, but he also wore exactly the same colour outfit as Jordan Spieth on the last day. Obviously the sailor look (Blue shirt, white pant) wasn’t the go today for good scoring. If the AFL was in charge, then someone would have had to pull out the away strip.



Bernard Langer


One scribe on the radio was saying that the 58yo German would win in a canter as he had the experience and steady German nerve to conquer all. Alas, he played so poorly that the Masters website did not have one highlight of him on the final day. Maybe they knew something in advance and saved one camera man for the day.



Hole in One


Sunday. Back Nine. Masters. Allegedly the toughest test of golf in the calendar year. The course set up at its hardest. But what happens here? 3 holes in one on the 16th. One of them would have evoked the great call of Sandy Roberts “What more can you say?” or whispering Ted Lowe to explain that the white ball goes in off the white ball ! Really, did that actually happen?





One of the best rounds of the day was by amateur Romain Langasque from France. Final day he shoots a 4 under 68, which includes 5 birdies on the back nine ! He’s an amateur and coming off an 83 the day the before. How does that work?



Jordan Spieth


He will forever be 20 shots around better than me, but I will say that 9 times out of 10 I will play a better shot than him after his first drop on the 12th. For a golfer of that skill and capability, that was amazing. It will live in psyche like Jean Van de Velde at Carnoustie in 1999.



The Piano


Really, how hypnotising is that Masters tune on the piano. If you actually attend the event is there a baby grand sitting out the back giving soundbites all day?



The Winner


Finally, as the contenders collapse around him, one man stands tall and does what he and legend have decreed all winners at Augusta need to do. He shoots a 5 under on the final day. It includes playing the last 6 holes in 3 under. He stands tall. It all starts on the back nine on Sunday. He played all but one stroke for the day in the all white colours of the club. For his last putt he takes off his white jumper to reveal a green shirt………………….It will go well with the green jacket !



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A mediocre local sportsman now paying for the sins of the past. Golf and walking the only options. As JTH said, you are not a golfer if you cant shoot under 85. Im not a golfer

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